POSTED BY admin | December 9th, 2010
“As you walk by, the images change…
… but the sculpture has no moving parts: it just sits there. Best illusion I’ve ever seen”
- Dan Fairchild, Vancouver Biennale Photographer -
Patrick Hughes is a British artist working in London. He is the creator of “reverspective”, an optical illusion on a 3-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest.
Since he was a young boy, Patrick Hughes has had a fascination with illusionism and reverse-perspective. It sprung from the experiences he had in his childhood. During the World War II air raids, he would hide under the stairs of his home with his mother and here, in the reversed image of the staircase, he saw his future work take shape. “Here were stairs, but you couldn’t climb them” he said in an interview just last month.
(Click here for full interview with Jody Wilson: http://wonderboygraphics.com/20-questions/patrickhughes/)
The Vancouver Biennale has placed one of Patrick’s reverspective sculptures in Richmond’s Minoru Park. It is really important to go and see it in person so you can walk backwards and forwards in front of it and see the images changing and moving before your eyes, all while you stay still!
Right now, Patrick Hughes is busy painting a Mosque as well as visions of Venice but he was kind enough to take some time away from his busy schedule to answer some questions that we asked him:
- What or who is your artistic inspiration?
My inspiration is to create something that will live after I have gone
- What made you want to become an artist?
I wanted to be a writer of paradoxical prose but I thought that there were several expert practitioners, So I decided to become the first paradoxical painter.
- How long did it take for you to make ‘Doors of Knowledge’?
Twenty years to work out reverspective, five years to incorporate forced perspective with reverspective and two or three months to have the sculpture made
- How long does it take you to complete a work of art?
It usually takes about six weeks from making the wooden shape, doing the drawing on the computer, to painting it.
- Can you describe the process of making art?
First of all one has to think of an idea. They can come to you unbidden on a journey, but they are the result of hard work in my sketchbook, wondering and day-dreaming – with a purpose
- Do your sculptures evolve as you are creating them?
- What would you say has been your greatest artistic achievement?
My greatest achievement has been to invent reverspective